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Shepard Fairey’s Way Up

Following one of his largest-ever solo shows, the street art icon reflects on how he got here.

March 21, 2018
John Maus, “Screen Memories”

As time marches violently on, John Maus is seeming less and less a bursting aggro-eccentric and more and more the sane elder dwelling at the end of the hall.

November 08, 2017
King Krule, “The OOZ”

With Archy Marshall, the question was never “if” but rather “when,” and thanks to “The OOZ,” the answer is firmly “now.”

October 26, 2017
Art & CultureReviews
Zola Jesus, “Okovi”

Nika Danilova returns to her roots.

October 02, 2017
Ariel Pink, “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson”

Once again, the man born Ariel Rosenberg manages to trudge through his own pink slime just in time to catch a glimpse of the gray sunset.

September 29, 2017
Avey Tare, “Eucalyptus”

On the Animal Collective leader’s latest solo effort, there’s still dense canopy to explore.

August 04, 2017
(Sandy) Alex G, “Rocket”

“Rocket” exemplifies its titular action by transcending the humility of its maker’s introverted demeanor and relatable voice.

May 25, 2017
Shintaro Sakamoto, “Love If Possible”

Sakamoto leans on the pedal steel as an ambient vessel, spiraling lines around spines of melodic, moody bass.

January 24, 2017
Bonobo, “Migration”

Leaning somewhat away from trip-hop and toward the more ambient stimuli of his surroundings, Simon Green sounds like he’s in transition, captured between two established ecosystems.

January 19, 2017

Angel Olsen. 2016. cred Brantley Gutierrez

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Persona/Personality: The Two Sides of Angel Olsen

After responding to initial fame and acclaim by moving to a small town, Angel Olsen has quickly solidified herself as one of the brightest lights in music. And with “My Woman,” her new LP, she’s ready to present who she truly is—whether you want to run up that hill with her or not.

November 02, 2016
Film + TV
The Bastard People of Christopher Guest

Exploring the director’s universe with Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Ed Begley Jr.

October 10, 2016
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Skeleton Tree”

Imagery of biblical proportion has long been a staple of a proper Bad Seeds record, but never has it felt so unavoidably personal.

September 16, 2016
Cass McCombs, “Mangy Love”

Cass McCombs’s eighth album is also his most cohesive since 2011’s “Wit’s End.”

August 25, 2016

Stranger Things

Film + TVIn Conversation
In Conversation: “Stranger Things” are Happening to David Harbour

The star of Netflix’s throwback thriller chats about working with Winona Ryder, tragedy, and suspending disbelief long enough to love working in horror.

July 12, 2016
Blood Orange, “Freetown Sound”

Dev Hynes grieves and rallies in equal measure on his most ambitious and successful work to date.

July 01, 2016

Pantha du Prince “The Triad”

Pantha du Prince, “The Triad”

Hendrik Weber’s latest solo effort is a “much more personal” experience for the German electronic musician.

May 19, 2016

Bayonne / photo by Dustin Cohen

Breaking: Bayonne

Roger Sellers abandoned life as a composer for pop music. If only it were that easy.

April 19, 2016

2016. Grace Mitchell cred Lyndsey Byrnes

Grace Mitchell: Just Kid

Cooking up something good with the eighteen-year-old phenom on the heels of her latest EP “Raceday”—and ahead of much more.

March 17, 2016

Animal Collective 2016 / photo by Tom Andrew

Everywhere Is Florida: Surveying the Circle of Animal Collective

As the world’s most unlikely pop group prepares to release their eleventh album, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist spill a little paint.

February 15, 2016

2016. John Cale M:FANS cover hi-res

John Cale, “Music for a New Society” [reissue] and “M:FANS”

Despite the good intentions behind this resuscitation of “Music for a New Society,” the unwelcome occupation of those ultra-weighty spaces between renders “M:FANS” a head-scratching exercise in post-analog experimentation.

January 27, 2016

2015. Arca Mutant cover hi-res

Arca, “Mutant”

Over twenty tracks exceeding an hour, the album is a proper evolution of last year’s “Xen,” down to its waxen demonic artwork.

December 03, 2015

2015 Youth Lagoon Savage Hills Ballroom cover hi-res

Youth Lagoon, “Savage Hills Ballroom”

Following two albums of delightfully kaleidoscopic, woozy indie-pop, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers casts some Boise daylight on what has been a pointedly inward operation up to the present.

October 02, 2015

2015. Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down… album cover high res

Kurt Vile, “b’lieve i’m goin down…”

The illusion of looseness is present in Vile’s nearly slurred phrasing, although the precision of his finger-picking and attention to production value suggests he is nothing if not fully aware of where he is going.

September 25, 2015

Big Grams // photo by Timothy Saccenti

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Freaky Stylin’: Getting Into Bed With Big Grams

FLOOD 2 cover stars Big Boi and Phantogram talk about the making of their self-titled EP.

September 25, 2015

Brian Wilson sits at recording desk at Capitol Records. Photo by Rozette Diaz Ragos.

Life on Record: The Love & Mercy of Brian Wilson

A portrait of the Beach Boys leader and Kennedy Center honoree on the occasion of Love & Mercy.

June 12, 2015

2015. Sun Kil Moon, “Universal Themes”

Sun Kil Moon, “Universal Themes”

Kozelek is a very talented guitarist and an inspired lyricist, not to mention impressively candid.

June 05, 2015

Waxahatchee Press Photo. Credit Michael Rubenstein

On Track: Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield takes us through the tracks on her new record, and Merge debut, “Ivy Tripp”; plus, revisiting past relationships, the inspiration of Nicki Minaj, and the sublimity of her surroundings.

May 22, 2015

2015. Doldrums, “The Air Conditioned Nightmare” album art

Doldrums, “The Air Conditioned Nightmare”

Though a front-loaded statement, “Nightmare” suggests that maybe, in addition to figuring himself out, Woodhead is discovering something essential for the rest of us, too.

April 08, 2015

2015. Jib Kidder, “Teaspoon To The Ocean” album art

Jib Kidder, “Teaspoon To The Ocean”

Though a musical lifer, “Teaspoon To The Ocean” marks Jib Kidder’s first release on the currently vibrant scene of Weird World.

January 26, 2015

2015. Panda Bear, “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper” album art

Panda Bear, “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper”

Now, with a title already alluding to the resolution of a sequence, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper’s deeper and increasingly fluid explorations into the vernacular of electronic music have somewhat paradoxically surfaced a tether to the monastic origins of Lennox’s singular vocal style.

January 12, 2015

Ariel Pink / 2014 / credit: Grant Singer

Take Five: Ariel Pink

The future within (and without) the prognosticatory, labrythine musician in five questions.

December 03, 2014

2014. Ariel Pink, “pom pom” album art.

Ariel Pink, “pom pom”

What has instead materialized is a batshit Ariel Pink “solo” double album, pom pom, paradoxically culled from the most collaborative recording process of his career.

November 18, 2014

John Carpenter / 2014 / credit: Kyle Cassidy

Film + TV
LISTEN: John Carpenter Announces Debut Solo Album; Shares Fantastic Opener, “Vortex”

In addition to writing and directing many iconic films including Dark Star (1974), Halloween (1978), Escape From New York (1981), and The Thing (1982), modern renaissance man…

November 03, 2014

Blood Orange / 2014 / Jimmy Kimmel Screencapture

WATCH: Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani Do Something Different On “Kimmel”

Last night, Devonté Hynes and lover/collaborator Samantha Urbani took Jimmy Kimmel Live by storm with a refreshingly atypical late night…

October 29, 2014

FKA Twigs / 2014 / Youtube Screencapture

WATCH: FKA Twigs Releases Lethal Clip For “Video Girl”

After portraying a giant desert Queen and somehow managing to make Google Glass seem attractive, Tahliah Barnett (aka FKA twigs) returns with her next…

October 29, 2014

J Mascis / 2014 / Photo by Justin Lapriore

WATCH: J Mascis Covers Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”

Still on the tail end of Tied to a Star, J Mascis‘s second recent solo acoustic record, the folk-via-sludge guitar wizard…

October 28, 2014

Ariel Pink / 2014 / Youtube Screen Capture

WATCH: Ariel Pink Performs “pom pom” Tracks With New York City’s P.S. 22 Chorus

In a glorious turn of events, Ariel Pink has taken his talents to the school auditorium of New York City’s P.S….

October 27, 2014

Elliot Moss / 2014 / Approved Press Photo

LISTEN: Elliot Moss’s “Slip” Gets A Hypnotic Hippie Sabotage Remix (FLOOD Premiere)

Twenty-year-old NYC neo-crooner Elliot Moss has released a Hippie Sabotage remix of his single, “Slip,” the original version of which was released on Moss’s…

October 23, 2014

Sleater-Kinney / 2014 / credit: Brigitte Sire

WATCH: Sleater-Kinney Returns With “Bury Our Friends” Video, Announces New Album

Sleater-Kinney is finally good and unrested. Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss have announced No Cities To Love, their…

October 20, 2014
Art & CultureFilm + TV
WATCH: Red Bull Music Academy Explores The Wonders Of Japanese Video Game Music in New Documentary

Since its Berlin inception in 1998, Red Bull Music Academy has established itself as a sort of globetrotting hotbed for the…

October 16, 2014
Film + TV
Go See Polaris Live For The First Time (Just As You Remember Them)

If you were born in the 1980s and have an active imagination, chances are pretty good that at some point during your…

October 15, 2014
LISTEN: Run The Jewels Rage On “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”

For hip-hop duo Run The Jewels’ anticipated sophomore album, MCs Killer Mike and El-P have cast a line back into the ’90s…

October 14, 2014
WATCH: Mysterious Pop Prospect Ryn Weaver Drops “OctaHate” Video

Earlier this year in deepest summer, a particularly infectious pop jam emerged, seemingly out of the clear azure. Titled “OctaHate,” it was…

October 13, 2014

Neil Young press photo / by Pegi Young

LISTEN: “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” An Orchestral Epic From Yet Another Forthcoming Neil Young Album

Just in time for the holidays, Neil Young will continue fortifying his undisputed post as the most stubbornly relevant golden-age pillar. Storytone,…

October 10, 2014
Pink Floyd To Go Out Swinging With Final Album, “The Endless River”

As Pink Floyd readies what David Gilmour insists will be its “last thing,” citing keyboardist Richard Wright’s passing as a…

October 09, 2014

Crystal Castles press

Alice Glass Turns Away From Crystal Castles

After three self-titled albums’ worth of solid output, singer Alice Glass has announced her departure from Crystal Castles this morning on…

October 08, 2014

2014. Bass Drum of Death, “Rip This”

Bass Drum of Death, “Rip This”

Feeling the energy of this band live in the open air is probably a fun time, but having been vacuum-sealed, Rip City doesn’t have enough to say to justify the leap.

October 07, 2014
WATCH: Catch A Few Rooftop Rays With Christopher Owens Live from the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

One of the most appealing elements of Christopher Owens’ musical repertoire has always been his preternatural ability to captivate a…

October 07, 2014

Flying Lotus press photo 2014

WATCH: Flying Lotus Reveals Video For “Never Catch Me” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

To celebrate tomorrow’s release of You’re Dead!, Steven Ellison’s fifth full-length album under the Flying Lotus moniker, have a look at the…

October 06, 2014

2014. J Mascis “Tied To A Star” album art

J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

Piggybacking off of the excellent, unsung Several Shades of Why (2011), Tied to a Star delivers the same type of upfront, post-toasted melancholia, punctuated by swells from J’s overdriven purple Jazzmaster.

August 26, 2014
White Fence, “For the Recently Found Innocent”

Having peeked out from his bedroom nook and dripped through the rafters down into Ty Segall’s garage, Tim Presley hoists the door open to shed natural light upon White Fence’s sixth album, For the Recently Found Innocent.

July 22, 2014